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What sustains cultural diversity and what undermines it? Axelrod and beyond

  title={What sustains cultural diversity and what undermines it? Axelrod and beyond},
  author={Andreas Flache and Michael W. Macy Department of Sociology and University of Groningen and Department of Sociology and Cornell University},
  journal={arXiv: Physics and Society},
We relax a simplification of Axelrod's (1997) model of cultural dissemination that has not yet been studied, the assumption that all cultural states are nominal. We integrate metric states into the original model. Computational experiments demonstrate that metric states undermine cultural diversity, even without noise, by creating sufficient overlap between agents for mutual influence. We then show how adding "bounded confidence" - a recent innovation in models of social influence - allows… Expand
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